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Products > Portulacaria afra 'Variegata'
 
Portulacaria afra 'Variegata' - Rainbow Bush
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Didiereaceae
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Portulacaria afra 'Variegata' (Rainbow Bush) - A sprawling, slow growing succulent shrub with attractive reddish-brown stems and variegated cream and green inch long leaves. A very easy to grow succulent that works as a great bonsai plant, hanging basket or even a hedge in frost free climates. The green form will slowly reach 12 feet in height with an equal spread but the variegated form is slower growing and will likely remain considerably smaller and in containers even more so. Size is also easily controlled with selective pruning and a smaller pot. The stems of this shrub will thicken very fast giving the plant an old appearance at a young age. The lavender pink flowers are seldom seen outside the wild but the knobbed tan-reddish stems makes a nice accent in the landscape. Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigated sparingly to not at all. Cold hardy to 25 F and useful in USDA zones 10-11 or Sunset 8,9, 12-27. Well suited for a xeriscape garden where it is drought tolerant once established and useful for succulent bonsai. For more information on the species see our listing for Portulacaria afra. We also grow Portulacaria afra 'Aurea' a prostrate plant but with yellow new growth and Portulacaria afra 'Low Form' another prostrate form with green leaves, Portulacaria afra forma macrophylla, a large leafed form,Portulacaria afra 'Skyscraper' a narrow upright form, Portulacaria afra 'Cork Bark', a corky bark form great for bonsai use and and Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta' a stunning low growing plant with pink stems and leaves that have a wide central cream stripe. All are great drought tolerant plants useful in the landscape or as container specimens.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Portulacaria afra 'Variegata'.
 
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